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Paperbacks from Hell

By Grady Hendrix
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Publisher Description

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires comes a nostalgic and unflinchingly funny celebration of the horror fiction boom of the 1970s and ’80s.
 
Take a tour through the horror paperback novels of two iconic decades . . . if you dare. Page through dozens and dozens of amazing book covers featuring well-dressed skeletons, evil dolls, and knife-wielding killer crabs! Read shocking plot summaries that invoke devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate!

Horror author and vintage paperback book collector Grady Hendrix offers killer commentary and witty insight on these trashy thrillers that tried so hard to be the next Exorcist or Rosemary’s Baby. Complete with story summaries and artist and author profiles, this unforgettable volume dishes on familiar authors like V. C. Andrews and R. L. Stine, plus many more who’ve faded into obscurity.

Also included are recommendations for which of these forgotten treasures are well worth your reading time and which should stay buried.

190 Reviews

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Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes
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Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“This was just fun! Covering the topic of 1960’s through 1980’s horror literature no matter how widely acclaimed or horribly failed it was, this book covers the impact of those books on the horror film and literature industry today! From The Exorcist and The Sentinel, to Flowers In The Attic; this book covers these tales that many of us know and love today in some literary or cinematic form. If you’re looking for a fun read, I’ve got you covered!”
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Slightly Smiling Face“This is a fantastic overview of the history of "modern" horror. Brings back so many fond reading memories but also provided fascinating insights.”

About Grady Hendrix

Grady Hendrix is an award-winning and New York Times best-selling novelist and screenwriter living in New York City. He is the author of Horrorstör, My Best Friend’s Exorcism (which is being adapted into a feature film by Amazon Studios), We Sold Our Souls, The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, and The Final Girl Support Group. Grady also authored the Bram Stoker Award–winning nonfiction book Paperbacks from Hell and These Fists Break Bricks: How Kung Fu Movies Swept America and Changed the World.

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